Nov 23, 2012 7:00am PST
cubicle in haiti begins in january of 2010. penn was in california newly divorced from his wife and uncertain what he would next. >> it was an accident in timing in many ways. i turned on the news. >> disaster in haiti. >> there were reports that more than 300,000 were dead. thousands more injured. doctors were operating without pain medications. >> it was what we all referred to as civil war medicine. here's an aspirin and now i'll cut your arm off with a hacksaw. that was happening. >> penn says he could not turn away. his own son recently recovered from a skateboarding accident that was life threatening. penn said he remembered how much morphine had helped his son. >> something just clicked. in the earthquake, amputations on children and others with no pain medication. and the joke i've always made is an actor in hollywood knows where to find narcotics. >> days later with the help of well connected friends penn was in haiti with pharmaceuticals and medical personnel creating the haitian relief organization he calls j/p hro. >> it was a full time investment for your. >> yes.